“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Biscuits „
Walking through the aisles at sainsburys, you may be struck by the relative cheapness of Sainsbury's own brand chocolate chip cookies, but you are equally likely to be deterred by as your are attracted to the price. There is no need to be worried, these cookies are simply fantastic, and at 75p for 400g, these cookies represent far better value than the Maryland variety, which in Sainsburys at the time of writing cost 78p for 150g. The 'Taste the Difference' range and those cookies found near the bakery also seem very over-priced when compared to this product.
You may notice the prices listed here are a little different from other reviews, they do seem to have increased disproportionately from other cookies and snacks from the time they wrote their reviews. Another note, if you go looking for these cookies in Sainsburys, the packaging is now different from the picture you see here. They are the same shape and size, even the colour scheme is the same, but the illustration is different.
The cookies themselves are softer, in a good way, than all but the freshly-baked. The chocolate chips are smooth, and the ratio of chocplate chip to biscuit always seems to be perfect, spread evenly over the whole cookie so you don't end up with a mouthful that is 80% chocolate. In a nutshell, these cookies are delicious and addictive in the extreme.
One area of gripe is the lack of choice. Other cookie brands offer options with nuts, double chocolate chip, and my personal favourite, white chocolate chip. That's really not a very big criticism, the only real downside I can see is that they have more calories and salt than other cookies. But then, you don't eat cookies to be healthy do you?
When I saw these in the biscuit aisle recently I threw some in to my basket without much thought and it wasn't until last night that I tried them out.
The biscuits are provided in a brown plastic bag with the familiar Sainsburys logo as well as the relevant nutritional information as well as pictures and within the bag there are two individual packets of cookies to help keep them fresher for longer. This is great as who needs 50 cookies out at the same time! I normally just open mine and throw them in the biscuit jar anyway so who cares really.
The cookies themselves are probably just under 2 inches and they appear to be crammed full of chocolate chips and you can really see the difference between these and the basic ones. These are lovely and crunchy whilst being crumbly at the same time and the chocolate chips are a welcome treat in each mouthful. The chocolate tastes very nice and not cheap at all. There are 55 calories per cookie which is actually quite a lot considering the size of them and as they are so small it's easy enough to find yourself eating 4 or 5 without breaking for air (at least that's what I find!). I was quite pleased with the cookie overall and felt the taste was very good considering that they are just 81p for 400g (around 35-40 cookies).
Ingredients: Biscuit, Chocolate Chips (20%), Biscuit contains: Wheat Flour, Palm Oil, Sugar, Vegetarian Whey Powder (from Cows' Milk), Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup, Raising Agents: Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate; Salt, Flavouring, Chocolate Chips contains: Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Vegetable Oil, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin; Flavouring.
I will be buying these again (unless Maryland ones go on half price again sometime soon!) and I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for something nice to snack on or dunk in your tea. They are just as good as any of the other branded cookies that I have tried before and I have been converted to these. I used to buy the basics cookies but I would only buy those now if my budget was really tight and I wanted to still have some sweet treats.
I am trying to stop giving my children snacks of small chocolate bars like Penguins in between meals but I don't want to cut out their sweet treats altogether so have been buying more packet biscuits, which allows me to let them have a treat in between meals that is sweet tasting but nothing too large so as to spoil their appetite and their sensible eating approach.
Sainsbury's cookies are ideal for this purpose because you get a double pack for just 55p. I think this is amazing value and the fact that each packet of cookies is sealed separately inside the main wrapper means you can store one packet easily, without the biscuits going soft, until you need to replenish the biscuit tin.
The cookies themselves are the same size as Maryland cookies and in my opinion are actually a better taste. Maryland cookies tend to crumble really easily and the Sainsbury's version are a little more robust. This is ideal when it is children eating them otherwise half the cookie ends up on the floor.
The main biscuit ingredient is firm and just sweet enough without being too sickly. The chocolate chips that are scattered throughout are generous in amount and easily seen on top of the cookie as well as throughout the inside. My children always try and pick the biscuit that has the most chocolate chips on it but this is honestly sometimes very difficult as they all have a really good amount of chocolate in them. They are also good solid chocolate chips and you can defiantly taste the flavour combining with the biscuit when you chew.
The nutritional value is as can be expected. They are biscuits and therefore they are not a healthy snack and no one in their right mind would consider them to be, so don't sue Sainsbury's if you put on weight after eating them, however a biscuit or two everyday for the children is no problem in my mind. As long as they are active they will easily burn off the extra calories although the same cannot be said about me!!
Overall these biscuits are extremely good value and really tasty. I prefer them to the expensive Maryland equivalent and at a quarter of the price the Sainsbury's ones will get me vote every time!
Having two little girls who would eat me out of house and home if I let them, I am always on the look out for snacks that taste nice but don't cost a fortune. My girls are very fond of chocolate chip cookies and I used to buy them the Maryland ones until I noticed Sainsbury's chocolate chip cookies sitting next to them on the shelf and thought I would give them a try!
The first thing tht I like about these cookies is that they come in a double size packet which has a good chance of lasting us all week. This size packet has 400 grams worth of biscuits and only costs 55 pence, compared to Maryland which in Sainsburys costs 79 pence for only a 150 gram packet. So already it seems that we are on to a winner. By the way you can also buy a smaller 200 gram size for only 29 pence.
However, there is such a thing as false economy and if the biscuits do not taste very nice there is no point in buying them. This is definitely not the case with the Sainsbury's variety, and in my opinion they taste as good as, if not better than, the Maryland Cookies! They definitely pass my daughters' taste test too!
The cookies are circular and about average size for a biscuit. Just by looking at them you can see that they have ample chocolate chips in them too. They have a good rugged texture and are neither too soft or too hard when you bite into them. When you do taste them there is a good mix of the biscuit and chocolate flavours. (They are also very nice when dunked in coffee but that may just be my personal preference!)
They come in a brown chocolate coloured packet with some rather enticing pictures of the cookies on it. Something I like about the double size packet is that inside you get two single size tubes of biscuits individually wrapped. This means the second tube has a decent chance of staying fresh just a little bit longer.
On the packet you find all the usual nutritional information. Sainsbury's own products always show this through a pie chart and it's easy to see that each cookie contains 55 calories (a little on the high side!), 2.6 grams fat of which 1.49 grams is saturated, as well as 3.7 grams total sugars. Unfortunately, the actual wrapper is not recyclable so this is something that Sainsburys can hopefully rectify. The packet lists all the ingredients, the main ones being wheat flour, palm oil, sugar and cocoa and we are told that they are suitable for vegetarians.
Overall then these are very tasty biscuits at a very reasonable price. They are definitely enjoyable as an everyday snck either on their own or with a cup of tea or coffee. Give them a try - at that price they're worth it!